News

October, 2018

  • 29 October

    Botbots Launched at Comic Con

    London Comic Con ended with a bang yesterday as Hasbro announced their brand new Transformers line, Botbots! These pint-sized mechanoids are the latest in the ‘Blind Bag’ trend and as such have an impressive roster to be collected. 61 is the current count, which will be leaping up to 191 …

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  • 24 October

    Supercar Customiser pimps up a Little Tikes ride

    Little Tikes Sports Racer

    Owner of Yiannimize, star of Dave’s Yianni Supercar Customiser, car pimper for Harry Styles, Anthony Joshua and Gordon Ramsay has been working on a ride at the more affordable end for mortals. Yes his usual trade are the likes of a McLaren 720, Lamborghini Aventador and those Italian red ones …

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  • 2 October

    One Direction – Happily they’re not History

    One Direction dolls

    Well Liam says there is a chance that this “not crap” boy band will re-group and will be back on the road soon(ish). Plenty of boy bands had merchandise but none quite as good as the One Direction doll range, oh how we roll-played with our collection back in the …

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September, 2018

  • 28 September

    Hamleys and the rise of ‘The Imperfects’

    This week saw yet another toy retailer unveil their ‘Top Toys For Christmas’ list. Unlike most of the others, Hamleys simply couldn’t narrow their picks down to 10 and decided to buck the trend with a ‘Top 12’. The cynic within me wonders why they need two Monopoly sets (one …

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  • 17 September

    Winter is coming! The Top Toys for Christmas lists have begun!

    Just as you were settling down for a nice Pumpkin Spiced Latte, admiring the first Autumn leaves and having a good long think about your Halloween costume for this year, the toy industry sneaks up and gives you a rude slap across the wallet! That’s right we’re officially less than …

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  • 14 September

    Watch out Cozmo! A new Boxer has entered the ring with a harsh low-blow!

    Boxer is a highly interactive A.I companion that is ready to go straight out of the box. Interaction comes in the form of hand movements, read by Boxer's Inferred sensors, and via the 10 'activity cards' that are easily read by the clever little four-wheeled box!

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  • 11 September

    Strictly Come Dancing – The board game for those two-left footers

    Strictly Come Dancing - The Board Game

      You’ll get a bit of Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood in the speaking glitterball bit of this game, that itself worth the RRP surely? The new series starts this weekend Saturday night (8th September @ 7.35pm). You’ll not capture the high-octane action of a prime-time celebrity infused show in …

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  • 7 September

    Fugglers – Sleep with one eye open and your mouth closed!

    Fugglers on tour

    Sadly, the days of blissful sleep and tearless trips to the shops are over. Fugglers from Spinmaster are here and they’re a little bit odd, to say the least! These funny-ugly bears (yes that’s what their name means, nothing else thank you!) are certainly eye catching. With ‘real human’ teeth, …

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August, 2018

  • 19 August

    Dog days are here to stay – It’s the Ultimate Pooch Paw Patroller

    Ultimate Fire Rescue - Paw Patrol

    You can’t help but marvel when lightning is caught in a bottle and that is exactly what the one of the international behemoths of the Toy Industry, Spinmaster, have done with Paw Patrol. This unstoppable property has dominated TV, books, merchandise and toys for the last few years and if …

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  • 16 August

    STAX – a bright new world of building

    STAX - light and sound building bricks

    Building toys. They’re the ultimate plaything for the imagination and now, thanks to STAX, your imagination has just been given a whole new dimension to play with: lights and sounds. If you’ve ever wanted your hand-crafted fire truck to be a tad more flashy or your personalised beasty to have …

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July, 2018

  • 17 July

    Slime hits the headlines

    Which? The Consumers Association took 11 Slime brands from Amazon UK and 8 were found to have above the legally permissible amount of Boron (a derivative of Borax) within them. None of them we recognised as established toy brands bar Toysmith, one called Jupiter Juice who happened to be the …

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  • 13 July

    LEGO Lowdown*

      There were Harry Potter LEGO sets back in 2004, they weren’t half bad at all and (in box) are worth a decent amount now. There’s been nothing since though but, with the new Fantastic Beasts film the Danish brick outfit are bringing us a raft of sets that fit …

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  • 6 July

    Cutest Superhero ever? Incredibles 2 Jack Jack gets all interactive.

    Jack Jack

    We make no apologies leading you into the weekend £40 lighter of wallet but if you don;t bag a Jack Jack Attacks sharpish there’ll be none left when the film arrives next week we wager. Jack-Jack is full of surprises, transforming from adorable to spontaneously combusting and shooting lasers from …

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June, 2018

  • 22 June

    Outdoor Toy Awards 2018 – The Winners

    Outdoor Toy Awards 2018

    Much fun was had last weekend as over fifty Toyminators came together at St Matthews Academy in Blackheath, South East London to put a huge selection of outdoor toys to the test. With YouTube influencers Amazing Arabella and Jaadin the Kid on hand to oversee proceedings alongside the Kidzcoolit gang …

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  • 7 June

    Christmas is coming

    Argos Top toys for 2018

    Time to slam your head on your desk, the top toy lists are incoming, the retailers are off the mark once more and yet again it is Argos leading the way. For 2018 they’ve gone for a list of 13 playthings tipped to be part of the under tree pile …

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